Wait. That could mean many things. Let’s start again.
“BSers BS” – meaning, Brave Supplicants bullshit – meaning, applicants to MBA programs blow smoke.
Here we are using “bullshit” as a verb. As in, to say ridiculous things, often in an arrogant or posturing way.
Sometimes “bullshit” is a noun, and that works too, but then we’d have a sentence fragment and would be missing some punctuation.
If “bullshit” is a noun then it’s:
Brave Supplicants’ bullshit…
As in, the start of an idea, where we’d be talking about the “bullshit” owned by or served up from multiple Brave Supplicants.
Are you confused yet?
If you’ve been told that confusion is the state of mind that your essays create in your reader, and you’re trying to figure out why, we’ll offer one possible cause of your problems.
If you’re having trouble writing an essay that presents clear answers to the question, with a meaningful story that shows why the answer is true, then the cause may be that you’re full of BS.
If you’re trying to write an essay about something that didn’t really happen – or even if it didn’t quite happen the way that you’re telling it – then frequently the output on the page will be, well, crap. It’ll be convoluted, or murky, or it just won’t make sense. Or it’ll be a story that’s easy to poke holes in.
Sometimes we read essays and we’re just like, “What?!! There’s no way that this happened.” And we ask the BSer who sent it in about it, and they’re like, “Yeah, you’re right, it actually went down in this other way.” They were trying to make the story look better, or they were worried about how they might be perceived if they told it exactly as it happened. Or, in many cases, they’re trying to impress the reader with tales of their awesomeness – but it just doesn’t hold together on the page.
If you’re writing essays that are full of BS, then you’d better be a PROFESSIONAL BSer if you expect them to fly. And hopefully nobody wandering around Snarkville would call themselves that.
It’s pretty easy to tell when someone is making stuff up. Either things don’t line up, and the details are off, or there are holes big enough to drive a truck through in their story. If you’re trying to make the facts of a story work in a different way than they actually happened – like, if you’re trying to say that the reason you left your job was because of X but in reality, it was due to ABC – or if you’re trying to say that the huge success you’re talking about happened because of your idea, but actually it was someone else’s idea, which is obvious based on the circumstances of the tale – well, sometimes you’ll get away with it but often you won’t. Adcom readers have this canny ability to snuff out the malodorous. When your essay is too full of BS then it’s nearly impossible to hide the smell.
There’s a fine line between spinning, and making stuff up. You should not be lying in your essays. If you’re having trouble sounding convincing in what you’re saying in the draft, it could be because… you’re full of it.
Or, if you’re having trouble getting your story to work in the essay then it could also be due to simply trying too hard. If you’re all caught up in sounding smart and you put your Essay Writing Hat on, and you sit down to write your draft, well that’s pretty much guaranteed to be a recipe for disaster. Essays need to be about clear communication. What many people do without even realizing it is they get into “I’m writing AN ESSAY!” mode, and they adopt this stiff and unnatural style – where they’re trying to SOUND IMPORTANT! But it’s just a blech monster. It’s like the guy who puts on too much cologne. We don’t even want to be in the same room with it.
So here’s what you can do:
So, in conclusion:
Writing essays is not easy – but it’s also not as hard as some of you are making it. If you’re twisting yourself up in knots trying to lay out your ideas, then untwist, please. And see what happens.
And as always, you’ve got EssaySnark to help if you’re stuck!